Las Vegas… The Entertainment Capital of the World… a city synonymous with1 sin, gambling, money, and lights. I’ve never been there, but as a designer, I’ve always been fascinated with the branding of Vegas. One casino trying to out do another on a dusty strip in the middle of the dessert. With amazing buffets, the best gambling, the prettiest girls, or (for today’s purposes) the brightest lights, Las Vegas is a wonder for the senses. Every casino, every night is lit up with aggressive neon lights battling the night until the early hours of the morning. But what happens to all the extravagant and over the top lights and iconic signs after a casino closes, or gets rebranded into the 21st century?
Welcome to the Neon Museum of Las Vegas. Since 2012, the nearly two-acre “Boneyard” and Gallery houses nearly 200 signs are of a bygone era. Open for private tours, weddings, photo shoots, educational programs and special events the Neon Museum is one of the coolest and weirdest museums I’ve heard of. With seven restored signs, some of the collection highlights include the Lucky Cuss Motel, the Bow & Arrow Motel, The Silver Slipper, Society Cleaners, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Normandie Motel, the Hacienda horse and rider, the Landmark and 5th Street Liquors.
Take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure to schedule a tour next time you’re in Vegas for your bro’s bachelor party.